These Back-To-School Backpacks & Totes Will Give You Effortless A+ Style

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It's that time of the year again to start replenishing your collection of pens, buying crisp new notebooks, and picking out a few extra cozy wardrobe additions. Because your shopping list is already long enough, the below roundup of 20 back-to-school bags 2019 is here to help expedite your search for the perfect carryall. It's filled with backpacks and totes that are both roomy and sturdy, so no matter what textbooks, laptops, and the like you're going to be lugging, there will be an option that can accommodate your load in style.

Personally, I've always been a backpack lady. I've stuck to carrying the same black leather style for the past few years while working as a freelance writer because it fits my laptop, charger, wallet, and sunnies perfectly and looks sleek and cool while doing it. I can wear it to interviews, networking events, and meetings alike, so it's become my go-to. I will say that after looking through current school bag options there are some pretty rad colorful and printed backpacks out there, so I just might be snagging one with a little more pizazz sometime soon. Whether you prefer minimalistic or over-the-top, totes or backpacks, the below list will have something exciting for you, too.

Easy Does It

Anything by KITH is going to be rad thanks to the brand name alone. Along with the logo, this canvas tote boasts a utilitarian vibe and silver hardware detailing, making it feel effortlessly cool.

Color Story

Fjallraven backpacks will never not be good options — they're sturdy, boast a cool Scandinavian appeal, and feature convenient top handles to boot.


This warm-toned Opening Ceremony tote is flecked with playful glitter and will make literally any outfit you've got on look ten times more fun.

Practical Magic

Featuring brown leather accents and glossy black print, this Herschel backpack stays true to the brand's classic ands straightforward aesthetic but still boasts a stylish punch.

Cream Of The Crop

This bag is from Shay Mitchell's sturdy travel accessories line, so you know it'll stand up to your heavy load of books.

Best Dressed

Big enough to carry your school supplies during the week, chic enough to wear to a wedding on the weekend.

Chill Zone
You're A Champ

Between its classic C logo and shiny patent finish, there's nothing about this sporty Champion bag that's not to love.

It's Called Fashion

If you want to wear your love for fashion loud and proud, consider this Marc Jacobs tote.

Geometry Lesson

This square black bag is roomy, stretchy, and goes with everything. Sounds like the perfect go-to school bag to me!

Hidden Treasure

This bag might be covered in a camouflage print, but it'll definitely make you stand out.

Buckle Up

This backpack is my favorite of the bunch thanks to its incredibly sleek yet functional design. Featuring an outer pocket, top handles, and a sizable cavity, it's a carryall dream.

Au Naturale

This soft and supple backpack boasts a weirdly alluring minimalistic appeal and features lots of inner pockets and pouches for optimal organization.

Zip It!

Speaking of black bags, this backpack is chic AF. I especially love the fold-over top design.